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Pip the Robot: Trapped

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Comedy - Original

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Jul 10, 2012 | 6:16 AM EDT

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As this is a video submission I can't put a link on the robotday logo but I'm supposed to make it go here: /collection/robotday2012

This is the 3rd episode of Pip the Robot and this one is a follow up to 'Button'

Pip is trapped in a room based on 'Relativity' by M.C. Escher which possesses some weird gravity. He's being monitored by a couple of Robots in a control room. What are they doing? Just one more mystery for Pip to solve... although he has no idea what's going on.

I was working on this cartoon before I made Button but preparing the room took a very long time so I slotted button in as a prelude. Go and watch Button first so you have an idea of what the Button 'does' although it's not essential.

I've made this one longer than the previous 2, however when I started it Pip still couldn't change his facial expressions, although I have since refined the design and next time you see him he will be expressive!

I'm Excited to have this finished in time for Robot Day and I hope you all like the character, there's loads more I can do with him. For an insight you can like Pip on Facebook at which I update regularly.

Pip will return in Noirbot, which is currently in the pre-production phase.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Funny and very cute. The animation is amazing and I love it when pip is in the "Relativity" room ('Crazy Stairs' painting for you Family Guy fans).


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Really like the scenes and it looked good. Some more audio or different smaples would make this even better. How long did it take to render this?

Zictor responds:

About a week for the main Escher room 30 second moving camera shot, and the rest took between 4-8 hours each and were much shorter and had lower quality settings. It's the lighting and textures that determine the time and I tend to put the lighting on the lowest setting unless I get some reflection issues. Glad you liked it, building up a sound sample library for future cartoons.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Really nicely animated, smooth and i love the use of camera in this. It doesn't really have a narrative thought which is a shame, but it's still a nice piece well done.